• World renowned violinist Carolin Widmann joins the Elbphilharmonie Orchestra for Beethoven’s lyrical violin concerto in D
• Works by Beethoven, Pierre Boulez and György Ligeti are brought to life by acclaimed French pianist Pierre-Laurent Aimard
• Take in regional highlights including the magnificent cathedrals of Cologne and Aachen, the recorded final resting place of Charlemagne
MA, ARCM, ARCO
international concert pianist and organist and classical music lecturer
Depart London Heathrow 0940, arriving Cologne-Bonn 1205. Transfer to Hilton Bonn Hotel for six nights. Afternoon guided tour of Beethoven-Haus. Welcome and introduction.
Morning lecture followed by private lieder recital at the Schumann House. Afternoon: short orientation walking tour of Bonn including sites associated with Beethoven. Evening: festival performance at Bonn Stadtmuseum featuring Ronald Brautigam (piano): Beethoven Piano Sonata No 29 in B flat major ‘Hammerklavier’, Op 106, and other works.
Cruise along the Rhine to Ramegan followed by Maria Laach (12th century Romanesque abbey church) including organ recital.
Morning lecture followed by guided tour of Schumann-Haus (including private recital by the Tour Director, subject to confirmation) and visit to the Old Cemetery where Beethoven’s mother and Robert and Clara Schumann are buried. Evening performance at Bonn World Conference Centre featuring Carolin Widmann (violin) with NDR Elbphilharmonie Orchestra under Alan Gilbert (conductor): Beethoven Violin Concerto in D major, Enno Poppe Violin Concerto, Beethoven Symphony No 7 in A major.
Whole day excursion to Cologne: Gothic cathedral (exterior only), Ludwig Museum (one of the world’s largest Picasso collections), Wallraf-Richartz-Museum (Old Masters). Evening concert in Bonn Bundeskunsthalle featuring Christian Gerhaher (baritone) and Gerold Huber (piano): works by Mahler.
Morning visit to the Museum of German History. Free afternoon. Evening performance at Bonn World Conference Centre featuring Pierre-Laurent Aimard (piano): works by Messiaen, Beethoven, Ligeti & Boulez.
Depart Cologne-Bonn 1330, arriving Heathrow 1405.
21 Sep — 27 Sep 2019
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Cost of £2595 includes: return airfare, accommodation based on sharing a twin or double bedded room, performances (full programme to be confirmed), breakfast, five lunches, three dinners with water & coffee, excursions & admissions, gratuities.
Not included: travel insurance, double room for single use supplement £340.